These Easy Orange Vanilla Cupcakes are so easy to make and taste like an orange creme popsicle! Perfect for a summer picnic dessert or for a luau party. These start with a boxed cake mix to save time!
Hi Friends! Today I am sharing an old favorite from a few years ago. These citrus cupcakes are perfect for celebrating a summer day. These Orange Vanilla cupcakes start with orange juice and remind me of a creamsicle.
What is a Creamsicle?
A creamsicle is a frozen treat from when I was a kid. It is basically a fruit popsicle on the outside, filled with vanilla ice cream on the inside. I personally loved the orange creamsicle flavor the best and I took a cake mix and added a few ingredients to basically make Creamsicle cupcakes.
I used the Vanilla cake mix so that when it was mixed in with the orange juice, it tasted a bit like a creamsicle.
Then I added one of those little orange jelly candies to each one. My grandmother used to have these jelly candies at her house every time we visited so I love that these cupcakes remind me of her.
These cupcakes are frosted with an orange buttercream frosting, made with fresh orange zest, which is a nice frosting flavor for summer.
For more great summer cupcake recipes, try these:
Mango Cupcakes - Made with fresh mangos and one of our top cupcake recipes.
Coconut Lime Cupcakes - A light cupcake that tastes like key lime pie in cupcake form.
Kit Kat cupcakes - a fun way to enjoy the favorite chocolate candy flavors.
Orange Vanilla Cupcakes
Orange Vanilla Cupcakes
- 1 box Vanilla cake mix
- 1 cup of orange juice
- ½ cup melted butter
- 3 eggs
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 2. Put cupcake liners in muffin tin.
- 3. Mix together above ingredients and pour into cupcake liners.
- 4. Bake at 350 degrees, as directed on cake box.
- 5.Frost when cool with buttercream recipe below.
Orange Buttercream Frosting Recipe
When cool, frost with buttercream icing. Instead of milk, I used orange juice. Add a teaspoon of orange zest and if desired, add a few drops of orange food coloring to the icing.
Make the cupcakes the day before and frost with orange buttercream the day you need them.
You can get a similar flavor from making vanilla cupcakes with orange buttercream icing. It is a lighter version of the same flavor combinations.
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Have you ever had a creamsicle?